Dana White reveals Conor McGregor has struggled with chronic arthritis in his ankles for YEARS and even had permission to tape them up against Dustin Poirier.
The Irishman is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after fracturing his tibia and fibula in the third instalment of his bouts with Poirier at UFC 264 on July 10.
It means the most lucrative star in the company will once again be forced to take some time away from the sport having fought just four times since 2016, losing three of those bouts.
Although ‘The Notorious’ insisted he entered into the fight at the T-Mobile Arena with stress fractures to his trusty left foot before the fight, it seems unlikely the UFC would have allowed the fight to go ahead.
What cannot be doubted however, is the fact McGregor has suffered with his mobility for years due to ongoing problems with his ankles, which White explained.
White told Fox News (transcript via MMA Fighting): “He’s had ankle issues for the last couple of years, and he had asked if he could tape his ankles coming into this fight.
“He got clearance to do it from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and then he opted not to tape them. I don’t know why.
“But yeah, he has chronic arthritis in his ankles.”
The UFC President also offered a bleak outlook for the Irishman, who initially seemed in jovial spirits after undergoing surgery on the fractures shortly after the fight.
And on Thursday, White said: “It’s going to take him a year to recover from this one before he can come back, so I don’t know.
“We’ll see. The fight game is a tough game and the kid has cemented a massive legacy for himself and made a lot of money.
“We’ll see how the rest of his career plays out.”